Texas Digital Library Conference System, TCDL 2012

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Tools for Crowdsourcing Manuscript Transcription
Ben W. Brumfield

Building: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Room: Room 102
Date: 2012-05-24 02:15 PM – 02:45 PM
Last modified: 2012-04-25


What do you do with that diary after you've scanned it? One increasingly popular option is crowdsourcing -- allowing members of the public to add tags, comments, or transcriptions to the scans. However, while crowdsourced transcription projects have enjoyed some success, the field of transcription tools is still young and the tools themselves are fairly immature.
This presentation will survey the field of crowdsourced manuscript transcription projects and the tools they employ, highlighting the issues that may inform the choice of a tool for an institution. It will then explore the capabilities and weaknesses of Scribe and FromThePage, two radically different tools for manuscript transcription.


manuscript transcription; digitization; crowdsourcing; outreach; documentary editing